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Posts Made By: Kevin Conville

March 5, 2004 02:59 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Crazy Eyepiece Prices

Posted By Kevin Conville

AP eyepieces- $249?!
Monocentrics- $200?!
Pentax XOs- $339?!

What am I not understanding about the construction of these that would warrant their prices other than disproportionately high margins and marketing BS?

The few tiny elements and super simple machanicals simply cannot compare to, say, a Nagler or a Pentax XW for cost of production- yet the prices do.

Talk about reaching a point of diminishing return, my god! Seemingly, people can talk themselves into just about anything.
I'm sure there will be plenty of people responding about the "ne plus ultra", but I can't help but feel we're being played.

March 19, 2004 08:53 AM Forum: Politics

Y'all seen this?

Posted By Kevin Conville

This is about par, caught lying again

March 21, 2004 07:42 PM Forum: Politics

Watch the Ditto Heads chuckle

Posted By Kevin Conville

See how the right reams Richard Clarke after his 60 Minutes interview and new book.

Clark worked for the Reagan, Bu$h 1st, Clinton, and Bu$h 2nd administrations as the Terrorism Czar. But now he'll be branded a traitor, turncoat, hell Satan himself- you'll see.

I hope his house is in order and his rectum is in good shape for the brutal violation he's about to receive.

I don't expect any truth to sway the goose stepping right, but THIS might have an effect on the tiny group in the middle. And that'll get the job done.

God bless Richard Clark. He's a patriot.

March 24, 2004 04:22 PM Forum: Politics

Man, oh Man!

Posted By Kevin Conville

Did Bu$h and his cabinet get they're clock cleaned today.
Clarke was unflappable, concise, factual, and believable.

And, where the *^@# is Condoleezza Rice?!
She doesn't want to swear in. Who can blame her?
I'll bet she's a preacher's daughter.

March 26, 2004 04:41 PM Forum: Politics

Are you offended?

Posted By Kevin Conville

Forget for the moment all the things that the Bu$h
administration has done for which you could be

This is about the recent dinner for the press corps
where he was showing stills of himself and goofing on
himself looking for W.M.D.s.

Did you see it?
Did you laugh?
Do you think the soldiers and families of soldiers who
were killed or injured thought it was a hoot?

The insensitivity of this man and (apparently) his
advisors is staggering.

Be sure to vote your conscience.

March 31, 2004 08:13 AM Forum: Politics

Re: Liberals prove to be short-term thinkers.

Posted By Kevin Conville

Short term thinkers?

That's precious considering what a mess our current administration has gotten our country into in Iraq by not "thinking things through, opting for gestures, and knee jerk reactions that feel good without the slightest consideration of the long term consequences".

I suppose YOU think the people in the White House are conservatives? Is it important for you to "sum up" liberals? Do you prefer black and white to grey Joseph? Does it make your life simpler?

Russell's comments are pretty good.

April 12, 2004 08:50 AM Forum: Politics

Richard Clark, GWB, and what to do

Posted By Kevin Conville

I just finished Clark's book. Is there anyone out there who's read it that would vote for GWB? And why?

Many people are parroting what they see and hear the chuckle heads say on TV, specifically the paid-partisan-pundants. I really hate this behavior. It's lazy, dangerous, and ignorant. After reading Clark's book I must say I'm impressed. This was/is THE guy to go to about anti-terrorism. He is articulate, has the facts, figures, and dates and truly understands the complexity and nuance of our dilemma. His story is certainly one of frustration at trying to get people to listen and do THEIR jobs.

The institutions and people that he lays into the most are the CIA and FBI for systemic and beaurocratic incompetence and GWB and cabinet for ignorance with an alternate agenda. His account has the ring of truth and plausibility.

IMO GWB doesn't deserve re-election no matter who he's running against. I'm of the feeling that virtually anyone on the street would do a better job and would serve our country's interests better.

April 27, 2004 01:22 PM Forum: Pictures of Me and My Telescope and........

Re: Home built tripod

Posted By Kevin Conville

It's certainly pretty Brent!

I have a couple of questions though:

How does it work?

There doesn't seem to be a way of tightening the legs-to-hub joint, how do you eliminate slop here?

There is obviously a device to keep the legs at a set angle but no speader plate to tension them, how do you avoid looseness here?

These woods are pretty. Where do they come from? Not the tropics I hope.

June 4, 2004 05:50 PM Forum: Politics

Things you'll need to believe...

Posted By Kevin Conville

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today:

1. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers
for your recovery.

2. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our
highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

3. Government should relax regulation of Big Business and Big Money

crack down on individuals who use marijuana to relieve the pain of

4. "Standing Tall for America'" means firing your workers and moving
their jobs to India.

5. A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind
without regulation.

6. Jesus loves you and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary

7. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

8. Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you someday run
for governor of California as a Republican.

9. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

10. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies,
then demand their cooperation and money.

11. HMOs and insurance companies have the interest of the public at

12. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing
health care to all Americans is socialism.

13. Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.

14. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's
daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and
a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

15. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable
offense. A president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid defense policy.

16. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the
Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the

17. The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but
George Bush's driving record is none of our business.

18. You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John
Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have a right
to adopt.

19. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest,
but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.

20. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but
trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international

21. That George W. Bush has a direct line to God, but you don't.

22. If you say something over and over again it is the truth no matter
how obvious a lie it is.

23. It's good policy to give large government contracts to U.S.
companies who
register off-shore to avoid paying taxes.

24. John Ashcroft does not belong to a fanatic religious group.

25. The best way to prevent forest fires is to cut down all the

26. Give the wealthiest 5% of the people the largest tax breaks and

rest the least. This is a democracy and the majority of the people
pay it's cost.

27. George Bush has not made a mistake as President. However, given a
day to think about it he may be able to come up with one.

28. John Ashcroft could have beaten Mel Carnahan for the Senate seat
from Missouri if Mel hadn't died the month before. smile

"Beware the leader who bangs the drum of war in order to whip the citizenry into
a patriotic fervor. For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind."
...Julius Caesar

June 10, 2004 05:22 PM Forum: Politics

Bush's Press Conference from the G8

Posted By Kevin Conville

I was at home in my office and had the press conference on. Wow.

Look, I don't like Bush. I make no bones about it. But even the most ardent Bush supporter would have to admit he was a disaster in this forum. He was literally babbling. I felt embarrassed. It was pathetic.

I long for the day when or if we get a president that's an intellectual and a statesman that actually has OUR country's interest at heart. The sun will shine a little brighter then.